Michael Phelps‘ handlers might need to brush up on their avoid-entertaining-interviews technique after allowing their client to go on Dan Le Batard’s radio show on 790 The Ticket in Miami today.
(Mike Phelps likes his Club™ Crackers @ The Playboy Club)
Yes, it really was too easy for Le Batard, when he asked Phelps the question, “What is the single coolest thing to happen to you since the Olympic Games?”
Phelps replied that the his biggest thrill since Beijing was setting up a charity through one of his sponsors, Kellogg’s. And in a stunning coincidence, Phelps was only doing the interview to promote his appearance on the boxes of various Kellogg’s food products.
So knowing Le Batard as you now know him, things next got interesting.
Le Batard (predictably) pressed Phelps after his pat response, saying, “That was a nice move there Michael because you just segued right into what you were selling there, when that can’t be the coolest thing to happen to you since the Olympics. I’m sure you’re very happy about it, but the coolest thing, the thing you tell your friends about, when you’re out getting a beer?”
Sadly, the bewildered Phelps then went into “that’s my story and I’m sticking to it” mode, offering up more pap about how he loved to get the word out about swimming and help people.
To which Le Batard responded, “Do you go into the nightclub with these Kellogg’s products and just drop them on the floor with your face on them?”
That’s when Phelps had had enough, saying, “Sorry, I think we’re going to head to the next interview. Thank you very much for your time.”
After the interview, Phelps accidentally didn’t hang up the phone for a moment, saying to his handlers about the interview and Le Batard, “I didn’t say nothing. That guy was a idiot, that was ridiculous.”
Did Le Batard push a little too hard on the last point? Probably. But could Phelps have laughed it off and had some fun with it? Probably.
Guy is a humorless stiff.
Since sports celebs are usually overprotective of their image, you wonder how long Le Batard will be able to have this kind of fun in the future with an unsuspecting star?
So long as he remains local, doing it only in Miami, probably indefinitely.